|Posted on June 3, 2017 at 10:00 PM|
Exempt offerings or private placements are used to launch almost all alternative investments.
An alternative investment is any type of investment that falls outside conventional investment platforms such as stocks and bonds. These include real estate, commodities, and other asset-based investments. Alternative investments include many different asset classes with different risks and expectations of return.
Some alternative asset classes are more volatile and carry more risk; others are relatively safe. Asset-based lending is backed by collateral that can be redeemed in the event of a loan default. The success of these types of investments depends in part on due-diligence done on each opportunity. Alternative investments come with different types of risk, including liquidity. Alternative investments used to be restricted to hedge funds and other high earning investors. The 2012 JOBS act enabled almost anyone to offer these types of investments to accredited investors.
Access to these opportunities is now being democratized, with new access to non-accredited investors, and lower minimums and shorter investment durations. These opportunities typically have 1 to 3 year terms. Investment opportunities outside of the stock market have existed for decades. Alternative investment opportunities outside of hedge funds, such as private equity, managed futures, real estate, and asset-based lending are already established asset classes.
Many alternative investments are designed to protect from market volatility and alternative asset classes have shown different volatility patterns from the stock market, zagging when the stock market zigged. Because it is backed by tangible collateral, asset-based lending does not have a high correlation to the stock market, protecting an investor’s portfolio from market volatility.